You Said It, May 5, 2013

Personally. I love the graduating class message that is left on Redlands Parkway. It makes me smile to know that another class of hopeful, bright, exuberant young students is about to leap into the world, get jobs, and pay into my Social Security. You should be happy! It’s just chalk, for crying out loud.

Thank you to Texas Roadhouse and the School District 51 community for their help and support with our first-ever Early Childhood Department Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser. With your help, we distributed over 735 meals in three hours on April 19. From Loma to Palisade to Gateway, the people of our great community showed their support for the preschool children of the Grand Valley.


After all of the work put into the drug-ring investigation, the DA better show us all it was not a waste of time. All 36 of these criminals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. No plea deals, Mr. Prosecutor. Let’s get the scum off the streets of Grand Junction already.


How many oil spills do we need, polluting our streams, irrigation water, then drinking water, before we actually do something less intrusive to the Earth and our bodies? If we can create the most advanced technology with gadgets, we can find alternative ways to protect Earth and still provide more jobs. Time to go green with big oil.


I like cats and dogs. But I am tired of cats coming over to my yard for a litter box. If you own a cat, keep it inside so it can use your litter box. And I am tired of people taking dogs into restaurants and grocery stores. Home Depot and Sportsman’s Warehouse is bad enough, but where there is food involved, like grocery stores and restaurants, this has got to stop.


To the person complaining of the small, furry dog at IHOP: In much of Europe, small or large furry dogs are welcome in restaurants. I know my two, small, furry dogs are more well-behaved and hygienic than most of the fit-throwing, food-smearing kids I run across when out at a restaurant. I think the laws about dogs on patios, etc., need to be revised.


Spring is here. The city is worried about the weeds, and I agree. What about the junkyards on Orchard Avenue? There are front yards filled with all kinds of stuff like junk vehicles, tarp-covered piles, etc. I’d rather look at a few weeds.


The whining continues by Mesa County government about not enough tax revenue. How about investing in the community and get the ice rink open again? 


You’ve got to give the Mesa County commissioners credit for coming up with creative ways to spend your tax dollars. On top of the suspicious and costly departure of the previous county manager, the board bestows on their favorite son and only applicant what can best be described in public circles as the first “double-dipping, reverse golden parachute package.”


For those who live in homes that back to Patterson Road and other main roads, please remember you are typically responsible for maintaining the land behind your fence. It may not be your front yard, but the rest of us have to look at your weeds, etc. I recently saw a mattress leaning against someone’s fence. Wow! Take a little pride in our community, please.


Thank you to the wonderful woman at the Orchard Mesa City Market who paid for my groceries Monday. I had forgotten my debit card, and she was so kind to pay for them. Thank you, and believe me, I will pay it forward.


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Energy and food prices are at all time highs, REAL unemployment figures are still in the 15-20% range, the value of the dollar is falling and the national debt is in the trillions and un-repayable, yet people are complaining about weeds and junk cars? Wake up people…we have bigger things to worry about!

“To the person complaining of the small, furry dog at IHOP: In much of Europe, small or large furry dogs are welcome in restaurants.”

Then I suggest you move to Europe because in this country non-service animals are illegal in establishments that sell food.

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